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By CNN's Wolf Blitzer
(CNN) - Economists will tell you the United States is not in a double-dip recession. Don’t tell that to the American people. Our new CNN/ORC International poll shows that 82 percent of the American people believe the U.S. is in an economic recession. Only 18 percent say we are not yet in recession.
The technical definition of a recession is simple: two successive quarters of negative growth. The first three months of this year showed tiny growth; the second three months showed very modest growth. We are now in the midst of the third quarter and won’t know the results for a while.
But for millions of Americans, as you can see from our poll, there’s no doubt.
So how do we get out of this economic crisis?
Our new poll shows that most Americans believe creating jobs is more important than reducing the deficit. Specifically, 68 percent said it was more important to create jobs; only 30 percent thought reducing the deficit was more important.
Republican deficit hawks might want to pay close attention to that, but the pressure is on President Obama to deliver this coming Thursday when he addresses a joint session of Congress and outlines his latest proposals. The stakes are enormous.
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